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August 29, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing amid scaffolding and building materials at the AQ Rittenhouse apartment and retail project in Center City on Wednesday, Stephen Pouppirt, president of Clemens Construction Co. Inc., almost couldn't keep count of all the major projects his company is handling this summer. "A lot of projects," he said, "Maybe 20, four major ones, and we have many in the queue. " Pouppirt's contracts, including several in Center City, are part of what is ranking the Philadelphia metropolitan division third nationally in the number of construction jobs added in a year, according to a trade group's analysis of Labor Department numbers.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years of planning, Swarthmore College is beginning construction of an inn, bookstore, and roundabout. The project will result in traffic changes along Route 320, and the inn will bring the first liquor license to an otherwise-dry Delaware County borough. Borough and college officials say the development, which has been planned for more than 15 years, will improve a dangerous intersection and connect the college to its community. The project's opponents, however, have not given up. Even as construction crews begin work on the roundabout this week, residents opposed to it are planning to file an appeal in court.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
For decades, Gloucester Township has yearned to earn a place on the regional retailing map. But the construction of an upscale discount shopping complex in the Blackwood section is provoking mixed emotions. Gloucester Premium Outlets "will be the largest economic development project in the history of our community," says Mayor David Mayer, who describes the center as "a $40 million [property tax] ratable, when all is said and done. " The mayor's choice of words is important. While he expects the township ultimately will collect $1.4 million annually, the outlets between Route 42 and the Black Horse Pike will not pay property taxes in full for five years.
NEWS
August 14, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden-based joint venture between Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden will hire a project manager and spend most of its $10 million budget this year on developing a "health sciences" building in the city. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors adopted a budget Tuesday that designates $8.3 million for a building, including property acquisition, construction, and engineering fees. Part of an additional $250,000 will be used to hire a project manager, and $125,000 was set aside for planning and architect services.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been nearly two years since the new Phoenixville Area Middle School opened its doors with an oversize auditorium featuring state-of-the-art acoustics; high-tech "Smart Boards" in front of every classroom; a large courtyard; and an impressive library. The $56 million Chester County public school is missing only one thing: money that Harrisburg promised to help defray the cost. "We show it as a receivable in the belief that at some point we will get what we are owed by the state," said Stan Johnson, Phoenixville Area School District executive director of operations.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
She wasn't even born when her father was making history. But Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the daughter of legendary Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, has faithfully spread the story of his work, sharing it this summer in New Jersey as part of a North American tour that also took her to schools and museums in Massachusetts and Canada. She visited the Infoage Science History Museum in the 2200 block of Marconi Road in Wall Township, N.J., to commemorate the 101st anniversary of her father's visit to the site on June 30, 1913.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A photo from 2004 shows Jose David Ortega standing triumphantly at the site of a housing complex in Williamstown. He is wearing a tool belt and a backward cap, with a pile of wood beams to the left, a freshly erected home in the background. "He enjoyed [seeing] the house finished," said his mother, Odily Castro, in her East Camden home Monday. Ortega, 40, who went by his middle name, took delight in his work - completed houses, solid cement at his feet, his two young sons by his side.
REAL_ESTATE
June 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO expects to lose about 300,000 of its 10 million riders because of construction delays this year, and officials said Tuesday that passengers will face crowded trains, late trains, and changing schedules during the heaviest construction period this summer and fall. A $103 million rail construction project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, which will close one of two commuter train tracks for two months-long periods after Memorial Day, "is going to dramatically impact our ability to move passengers," John Hanson, chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, told a public gathering in Center City on Tuesday.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
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